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A Death Record is...

 

A Burial Record is...

A death record is a certificate that states the date and place an individual died. These records are available from 1837 onwards as published by the GRO. You can also order a copy of a death certificate if you need to, which can show you full information about the birth.

 

A burial record is a any type of record or certificate that states the date and place an individual was buried. These records are available from 1538 onwards, and are recorded in Parish Registers.

Using Burial & Death Records in your Genealogical Research

Information on burial/death records can be useful as you can use the names as a starting point to begin tracing the ancestors on the record back another generation. You may want to know:

  • If an ancestor was alive in a certain period
  • How they died (perhaps there is a family history of illness?)
  • Where they were buried
  • Their date and place of birth (have they lived in one place all their life?)

We have provided a case study on this website so you can see just how easy it is to find a death record, and some links to related information that may be helpful to you.

Daily News & Information - BMDs and the Census

Enoch Arnold Bennett in the 1871 Census
Enoch Arnold Bennett was a Novelist, born in Staffordshire. You can find him in the 1871 Staffordshire census at the age of three.

 

Daniel Albone in the 1861 Census
Daniel Albone is famous for inventing the Ivel tractor, and is said to have changed the world of agriculture. He can be found in the 1861 census at the age of only six months.

 

Case Study - Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett
Throughout their 20 month courtship and before getting engaged, Robert and Elizabeth exchanged around 600 letters. This is how their marriage record was found.

 

Possible Pitfalls in Using the Census
Many people don't realise that the census page images we see are actually transcripts of the household census forms, the details were copied into the books by the enumerators.